Toronto Public Library rolls out free wi-fi access for select parks in underserved neighbourhoods

Wi-Fi on Wheels Pilot Project runs from August 4-8

The Toronto Public Library’s wi-fi-enable bookmobile will begin making the rounds today to some of the city’s parks to provide temporary wi-fi access in parks for those without regular access in underserved neighbourhoods.

Wi-Fi on Wheels is a week-long City of Toronto pilot project that will be visiting select Toronto parks from August 4-to-8, providing wi-fi connectivity between noon and 6:30 p.m. The tour begins today at Masseygrove Park and Edgeley Park.

More info via the city’s official website:

  • The Wi-Fi hotspot has a range of 60 metres and can connect up to 40 users at a time. Wi-Fi is limited to 30 minutes per user to allow as many people as possible to get online.
  • Anyone can bring their own device to connect or can use a City of Toronto device. All City devices will be sanitized between users to ensure safe use for everyone.
  • Residents using the park Wi-Fi are required to maintain a minimum distance of two metres (six feet) from others at all times, and should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer that will be provided onsite by City staff.
  • If a resident arrives at a park that is crowded, they are advised to visit a different park or return at a later time when there are fewer people.
  • While it’s not mandatory to wear masks or face coverings when outside, it is recommended that masks/cloth face coverings are worn if physical distancing is difficult.
  • Staff will conduct a brief health assessment to ensure that anyone using the City devices does not have signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Staff will also note the name and phone number of those using City devices for contact tracing purposes, wherever possible.
  • The Toronto Public Library’s Bookmobile is only providing a Wi-Fi signal onsite and will not be accepting returns or loaning out books.